Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Waterwise Community Festival

California Botanic Garden and Sustainable Claremont present a day of fun and learning about California native plants, waterwise landscaping, and how each of us can contribute to watershed health while helping our region build for a sustainable future. This free event will fill the gorgeous spring grounds of California Botanic Garden with informative booths and educational activities focusing on native plants and watersheds, family-friendly crafts and storytime, musical performances, mini-workshops and walks providing information about landscaping with California native plants, and more.

Fun and informative exhibitor booths will feature representatives from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Chino Basin Water Conservation District, LA County Dept. of Public Works, California Native Plant Society, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, TreePeople, City of Claremont, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Council for Watershed Health, San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector District, and more. Several family-oriented craft and activity stations will welcome participants to get hands on with water- and plant-themed art and storytelling. LA-based organization Living Earth (https://www.livingearth.la/) will curate an afternoon of musical performances inspired by the native plant surroundings at CalBG. California Botanic Garden staff will offer free mini-workshops on gardening topics such as lawn removal, irrigation, plant selection, and more. Artist Lachlan Turczan will debut new, dynamic water art. Local designers and landscape companies will be available for consulting. Water experts will present talks on watershed health, water history in the region, and restoration efforts in our local watersheds. Attendees can also take advantage of food and drink for sale, California native plants available for purchase at CalBG’s Grow Native Nursery, and an array of fun and helpful raffle prizes. For more information: https://www.calbg.org/events-programs/waterwise-community-festival.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to Host Origami in the Garden² Art Exhibition

A premiere art exhibit of origami sculptures in bronze, steel and aluminum sculptures is making its Southern California debut at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont on October 20th 2018 and continuing through April 14th, 2019. T he Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden officially welcomes Origami in the Garden², a series of large-scale metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, the exhibition will feature garden installations and gallery works featuring the Boxs’ own compositions as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

Sixteen original displays will be showcased throughout the Garden including the following:  Flying Peace, Crane Unfolding, Nesting Pair, Conversation Peace, White Bison, Star Unfolding, Paper Navigator, Rising Peace, Botanical Peace, Duo, Painted Ponies, Who Saw Who, Seed Sower/Seed, Hero’s Horse, Emerging Peace and Folding Planes.

Each of the sculptures in the Origami in the Garden² collection originated with a single piece of folded paper created by some of the world’s most noted origami artists, including Tim Armijo, Michael G. LaFosse, Beth Johnson, Robert J. Lang,  and Te Jui Fu. To recreate each piece for Origami in the Garden², Kevin Box pioneered a unique process of lost wax casting and fabrication to capture the delicate details of folded paper in museum-quality metals.

“Origami presents a simple metaphor; we all start with a blank page and what we do with it is up to us,” said Kevin Box, creator of Origami in the Garden. “We created Origami in the Garden to inspire people with the possibilities of what can be created from one simple piece of paper.”

“We are excited to showcase Origami in the Garden², an outdoor sculpture exhibition of larger-than-life origami creations by Jennifer and Kevin Box,”  said David Bryant, Manager of Communications, Design and Exhibitions. “These incredible sculptures, many created in collaboration with world famous Origami artists, will transform our Garden’s landscapes and invite audiences to experience the evocative connections between art and nature. Originating in Japan and celebrated around the world, Origami synthesizes elements of art, science and natural themes in creating expressive works from single sheets of paper. The exhibition brings these concepts to life in the transportive beauty of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.” 

Origami in the Garden² is free with general admission. Related family activities, lectures and workshops will accompany the exhibition, including an opening weekend celebration on October 20th and 21st. For more information including the latest schedule of events please visit www.rsabg.org.

Official Event Schedule:

Friday, October 19: Exhibition Opening at the annual Majestic Oak Dinner. Our major donors will join us for a walking cocktail reception through the pieces of the collection and a seated dessert with a guest speaker to officially open the exhibit. 

Saturday, October 20: Public Opening of Origami in the Garden² with audio and docent led tours available. Public Opening of indoor gallery exhibition, Unfolded, and screening of the movie The Origami Revolution. 

October 2018 – March 2019: K-12 curriculum-consistent field trips led by RSABG’s highly trained Nature Interpreters include education about the Origami in the Garden exhibition. 

Sunday, November 11: First in the series of Second Sundays, sponsored by the City of Claremont’s Community-Based Organization Grant Program. RSABG is collaborating with Scripps College to present a public lecture to the Claremont community and a hands-on workshop with world-renowned origami artist Dr. Robert Lang. http://www.langorigami.com/ 

Friday, November 23: “Green Friday” offers free garden admission to all, encouraging families spending the Thanksgiving holiday together to explore the Origami in the Garden exhibition. 

Sundays, December 9, January 13, February 10 and March 10: Second Sundays series continues with free admission for Claremont residents. In collaboration with First Street Art Gallery, the Claremont Museum of Art and the Origami Folding Society of Los Angeles, RSABG will offer family programming appropriate for all ages. Behind the scenes tours of RSABG’s Seed House, Research areas, Library, Herbarium and Gardens will share RSABG’s rich resources with Garden guests. 

Sunday, March 10: Finale: Visit and public talk by Origami in the Garden² artists Kevin and Jennifer Box. 

Sunday, April 14: Exhibition Closes. 

Origami in the Garden² is a monumental sculpture exhibition created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box. Each sculpture is inspired by a blank piece of paper and has been transformed into museum quality metals by Kevin Box at his studio in Santa Fe, N.M. Individually, these enchanting sculptures inspire wonder and create broader connections to life and the world around us. Collectively, the exhibition tells the story of creativity and the art of making something out of nothing. The exhibition comes to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden after successful runs at Tucson Botanical Gardens and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For more information on artist Kevin Box, visit outsidetheboxstudio.com/about/bio.

Butterflies, Big Bugs and Beer at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

This spring and summer Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is abuzz with activities including the Butterfly Pavilion and David Rogers’ Big Bugs art exhibition. A new event—Bugs and Brews offers adults an opportunity to enjoy California’s native garden and party, too.

The Garden is opening the gate Thursday nights from 6 until 8:30 p.m., for Bugs and Brews, May 24 through June 21, 2012. Guests 21 and up are invited to enjoy evening strolls in the Garden, view David Rogers’ Big Bugs and mingle with others over beers for just $10 for RSABG members and $15 for public. Local brothers Curt and Andy Dale bring their mircobrews to California’s native garden and live music provides a soundtrack to the Big Bugs playful art exhibit. Tickets available at the gate or by phone at (909) 625-8767 ext. 224.

The opening weekend of the third annual Butterfly Pavilion (May 12 and 13) at RSABG welcomed approximately 500 visitors. The seasonal exhibit, featuring Southern California native caterpillars and butterflies along with their habitat plants, is open daily 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., through July 29, 2012. Tickets are $2 in addition to standard Garden admission for all guests 3 and over..

David Rogers’ Big Bugs, a traveling exhibition of gigantic proportions, is on display at the Garden until July 15, 2012. Big Bugs is a collection of huge sculptures of arthropods created by carving and polishing beautiful hardwoods and manipulating young willow saplings. The exhibition is free with standard Garden admission. A free audio tour is available; please check in at the admission kiosk for details.

About RSABG

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, founded in 1927 by Susanna Bixby Bryant, is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants. The Garden is located on 86 acres in Claremont, approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. RSABG, a private, nonprofit organization, offers educational programs and special events throughout the year and is home of the Botany Department for Claremont Graduate University. The Garden offers a superb selection of California native plants for sale at Grow Native Nursery in Claremont and West L.A. (Westwood).

Visitor information

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, located at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, California, is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., except Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25. Free parking; accessible paths throughout the Garden. The California Garden Gift Shop is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission: free for RSABG members; $8 adults; $6 seniors and students; $4 children 3-12. For more information please call (909) 625-8767 or visit www.rsabg.org.

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